I have a Honda Accord 2003 car. I have been having an odd problem lately, and I'm not sure what the cause of it is.

Generally in the mornings when I go to start the car, it takes several seconds to start after turning the key. If I hold the key down, it will eventually start, but it takes sometimes up to 5 seconds of holding the key down. There is complete silence, and once the engine starts, it sounds completely normal. It never makes a sound like its trying and failing to start.

It has only been happening bad in the morning. 8.5 hours later when I go home, it starts up after just a brief 1-2 second delay. Then again the next morning, there is a long delay.

This has been happening a couple of weeks. The only thing it has corresponded to is the oncoming summer heat (I'm in SE Tennessee). Is this a battery problem, a starter problem, or something else?

  • Are you saying it cranks but won't start for the 5 or so seconds, or that it does absolutely nothing for the 5 seconds (no crank/no start)? Jun 12, 2015 at 17:44
  • @Paulster2 absolutely nothing as far as I an tell during that 5 seconds (silent), but it will start after the delay if I persist in holding down the key.
    – Jake
    Jun 12, 2015 at 17:51
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    This is a new one on me. Maybe someone else has a clue. Jun 12, 2015 at 17:52
  • Is this an intermittent issue (happens every morning or just some mornings)?
    – Zaid
    Jun 12, 2015 at 19:58
  • It had been rather intermittent for a few weeks, but for about the past week it has been a daily issue.
    – Jake
    Jun 12, 2015 at 19:59

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I'm pretty sure there was a recall for the ignition switch on your car. My 2002 Civic had this same problem, and that was the component causing the issue.

TLDR: Inspect/replace the ignition switch.

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